New assessment results rank Oldham County School district seventh in state

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By Tracy Harris

After the biggest change in state assessment in almost 30 years, the first round of Unbridled Learning scores are being released state-wide today.

Oldham County is the highest-ranked county district in the state and the seventh-highest ranked overall. The top six schools are all independent districts.

The new accountability system awards recognition levels based on percentiles.

As a district, Oldham County is one of just two county districts in the state's nine Districts of Distinction, the highest recognition level.

The Unbridled Learning system takes into account several areas: achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness and graduation rate. Not all categories are used in elementary and middle school scores and the scores are weighted differently between elementary, middle and high schools.

Scores are now based on a 100-point scale, not the previous 140-point scale — one of several reasons why this year's scores can't be compared to previous years.

Schools in the top 10 percent are classified as distinguished; those in the next 20 percent are proficient. 

The remaining 70 percent are labeled as schools needing improvement — thus, many more schools will fall into that category than in previous years.

Elementary school scores are based on just the achievement, gap and growth factors.

Of the district's 10 elementaries, three scored distinguished, two proficient and five needing improvement.

Goshen Elementary and Harmony Elementary were both named Schools of Distinction, the highest honor. That level was given to 40 elementaries across the state representing the top 5 percent.

Buckner Elementary also received a distinguished label and was in the top 10 percent.

Camden Station and Locust Grove are labeled as proficient. 

The remaining five elementaries, Kenwood Station, Crestwood, Centerfield, Liberty and La Grange, are labeled as needing improvement.

Middle school scores are based on the same categories as elementary schools with the addition of career and college readiness. 

Three of the Oldham middle schools scored in the top 10 percent — South, East and North.

However, Oldham County Middle was labeled as needing improvement.

All three high schools scored in the top 5 percent of state high schools.

High school scores take into account all five categories and weigh them equally.

North was ranked the state's eighth-best public high school, with South and Oldham County close behind in 10th and 11th, respectively.

Detailed assessment results will be in the Nov. 8 edition of The Oldham Era.

A special-called board of education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Oldham County Arts Center. A report on the scores will be presented to the board.

 Raw data is available at education.ky.gov.